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Brewed by Kleinbrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Style: Abbey Tripel
Erpe-Mere, Belgium

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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Ondineke is a classic tripel, brewed in the ancient way, again with exclusive natural ingredients: artesian water, malt (barley), hops, yeast and liquid candy sugar. As in the Saison no spices are added. Ondineke is an unfiltered top fermenting beer. It is soft, creamy, and of golden color. It is double hopped with the last real hops available from the region of Aalst (The variety is Hallertau Mittelfrüh). Ondineke has a positive taste evolution and the bottles are best kept standing in a cool, dark place. It is best before two years after the bottling date. 8.5 % alc.vol. makes this a beer to be savoured. Preferably Ondineke is to be served at a temperature between 6 to 10° C. Moreover Ondineke is at its best when served in the originally designed Glazen Toren glass.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9430) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Lightly hazed blonde with an extra thick white head. Light coriander aroma with smooth lemony notes. In mouth, yeast, coriander and orange pulp, classy, with a medium body, and light lemon in final. Medium bodied. Bottle at BCTC 2006.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 Surprise, surprise (Not!), another beer from this brewery that is fabulously carbonated. A dense, voluminous, meringue like head sits atop this beer. Mad rivulets of carbonation cascade through this beer propelling the head ever higher above the rim of my glass. The head started out three fingers thick in my tulip glass, but is now a full two-fingers above the rim of my glass and it is showing now signs of flowing over the rim; a veritable structural masterpiece. The beer is an enticing, brilliantly clear, orangish copper color and the head, lest I forget, is a light tan-cream color. Ah the aroma has that characteristic note that I associate with a good Tripel; a bit yeasty, sweet and creamy smelling (if you can imagine such an incongruous descriptor being valid), with spicy / herbal notes ranging all over the place. I get notes that jump from vanilla to lemon grass, to stinging nettle, to orange peel, to hay, to weedy wild-flower blossoms. Sharp ginger notes combine with white pepper and dusty grains of paradise, as well as a touch of sour. What an absolutely fabulous aroma this beer has.

The beer is sweet and lightly tart up front, but then that ample carbonation causes it to explode on my tongue. There is enough of a body to this beer that it still is able to cling to the palate even as it vaporizes on my tongue. Creamy, and satiating, yet with the carbonation light and effervescent as well. The carbonation combines with spicy phenolics and other yeast driven notes to create a biting character to this beer that starts in the middle, and then combines with some sharp notes of higher alcohols (and regular old alcohol too) that are found in the finish. Ultimately this beer has a certain warming character to it that lingers on down in my esophagus long after I have taken a sip. The combination of the creamy body, the sweet malt and some notes of orange peel lead me to thoughts of candied orange-creams.

Once the head starts to finally fall it forms a rockied, alien surface full of shear canyons, volcanic cratered peaks, and crevasses that lead to caves; by far one of the most interesting heads I have ever seen on a beer. All the while the head also leaves a varied pattern of Belgian lace on the sides of my glass. The aroma ultimately seems to remind me of a freshly mown field of hay mixed with scythed dandelions, and trampled wild flowers; an aromatic experience that I love to find in both Tripels and Saisons.

What a stupendously engaging and tasty beer. This is the full on experience that one hopes to find in every beer. A light, yeast derived tartness only adds to the complexity of this beer. Spice notes also abound in this beer; I get notes of kefir lime leaf, ginger, and even some notes that make me thing of the heat from a chile pepper. As the beer warms and looses the carbonation, it actually seems to become a bit less creamy, which I certainly would not expect.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2006
Aroma of citrus and yeast. Hazy, yello coloured with a lasting, medium white head. Taste is quite sweet, fruity, yeasty. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (4716) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2006
Hazy golden yellow color, medium white head. Aroma of a spicy triple, some hop, quite fruity, wheat. Taste is a bit sweet, fruity, spicy, like a decent triple should be. Not outstanding, but a nicely balanced triple, better than standard.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2006
Golden coloured brew. Creamy, full aroma and taste. A bit fruity and lot’s of sweetness due to added suger. A bit yeasty. Overall an enjoyable brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle sample at Belgian beer night at State Line Liquors with Stegosaurus. Pours hazy golden with a off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is citrus, smooth, and yeast.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle. Golden in colour. Aroma/flavours of peach, yeast and alcohol. The peaches are slightly stewed, and the alcohol in the fnish is quite rough. Probably a little bit too much carboonation for my liking. A bit raw, but drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2006
(750ml bottle, bottled 12/30/05) Cloudy golden body with large white head. Aroma is medium sweet, yeasty spicy, peach, light candi sugar, dusky. Taste is moderately sweet, peach, candi sugar, spicy, some alcohol. Fairly dry finish. Medium-full body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAY 19, 2006
bottle, pours a light but hazy golden color, with big fluffy white head. aroma is of apples and citrus. flavor is very light. apples, citrus, some spice. very simple with a clean finnish. not a great beer, but definatly good. would be a lot better on a hot sunny day. not 50 and raining like it is today in Maine.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Bottle sample at Belgian beer tatsting at State Line with Beerded_one. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus, belgian spices, yeast, alcohol, and fruit. Flavor is citrus, fruit, caramel, and some hoppy bitterness.


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